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SESSION / Your Spine is Seaweed is a workshop series developed by Amy Leona Havin in order to facilitate movement creation during rehearsals with The Holding Project. Based on Havin's dance training and experience with various movement languages originating in Israel, Havin uses variations of imagery and metaphor to tap into the body's natural power and fluidity, facilitating movement guided by sensation. This class is dedicated to finding openness and stamina within the body’s existing knowledge of classical and codified techniques. We will explore how to find delight within the effort of dancing, and how to push the boundaries of extension, flexibility, and standard repetition to press into new realms of creativity within structured practice. Lasting 90 minutes in length, this class consists of gravity work, guided movement exploration, technique investigation, and cardiovascular conditioning.
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“ Amy Leona Havin's improvisation based movement exploration is a transcendental experience and Amy is an expert guide. Her workshop connects your mind to your body while cleansing the soul. I have never felt more supported yet free at the same time. ”
Whitney Wilhardt, dancer
“ Taking part in Amy’s series of ‘seaweed’ workshops reminds one of the endless enthusiasm that comes with having a body. Amy creates a space where curiosity and the pursuit of pleasure are what drive the dance-- a process that asks you to love and admire every inch of your moving body. Movement exploration through her vocabulary is a practice in constantly surprising yourself and using movement as a means of an eternal exploration of the capacities and joys that exist between your toes and in the creases of your elbow.s. For that hour and a half, you get to be the most raw, emotive, and animal version of yourself, which is, needless to say, a rare and welcome gift. Thank you again for curating such a lovely experience-- dancing in this way creates a high that just does not want to wear off. ”
Soroa Lear, workshop participant